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Colin Moffat Douglas

Headstone of Major Colin Moffat DOUGLAS 30586. Greenpark RSA Cemetery, Dunedin City Council, Block 1A387. Image kindly provided by Allan Steel CC-BY 4.0.

Headstone of Major Colin Moffat DOUGLAS 30586. Greenpark RSA Cemetery, Dunedin City Council, Block 1 …


  • Title
  • Forenames
    Colin Moffat AWMM
  • Surname
    Douglas AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    • 434754 AWMM
    • 30586 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    31 October 1921 AWMM DunedinOtago AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    Pre 24 April 1905 AWMM 57 Kenmure Road, Dunedin, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Mrs R.F. Douglas (wife), 108 Forbury Crescent, St Clair, Dunedin, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 20 July 1943 AWMM Single AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW2 1941 AWMM
    Age 19 AWMM
    Carpenter/Civilian AWMM
    DunedinOtago AWMM
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on enlistment

Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • Liberation Repatriation
  • POW liberation details
  • POW serial number

Medical history

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  • Medical notes
    Wounds Diseases Etc., WWII AWMM
    On 6 June 1944, wounded by a German 88mm shell fragment in an action near Florence, Italy AWMM

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Husband of Rata; father of Glenys and John.

    Served in North Africa and Italy from August 1943, including being wounded in action [see above].

    Returned to NZ on SS Orion, arriving Lyttelton on 09 February 1946.

    Served with the UN as a Military Observer initially in Damascus and the Golan heights, later in the UN base in Tiberias and subequently the UN HQ in Jerusalem. His time there included the Yom Kippur War. A notable mission during this time was the introduction of Russian Officers to the Observer role, his place in these very sensitive negotiations and his signature was on the agreement documents alongside those of the Israeli Prime minister and the Syrian President.

    He led a team of Army Engineers to rescue survivors and recover bodies from the Tangiwai railway disaster.

    When a visiting RAF Vulcan bomber with damaged undercarriage landed at Ohakea and veered off the runway in the soft earth, Colin originated and undertook the job of lifting the aircraft with airbags to allow steel plates to be placed under the wheels to be towed clear. This was an innovation which received high praise for the RNZE in NZ and the UK.

    Cenotaph database record compiled from information in the Death Notice and copy of eulogy. AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    • 5 August 2011 AWMM
      Age 89 AWMM
      LevinManawatu-Wanganui AWMM
    • 5 August 2011 Allan Steel Cemetery Project
      Age 89 AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Greenpark RSA Cemetery, Dunedin City Council AWMM Block 1A, Plot 387 AWMM
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
    Obituary: New Zealand Herald, 9 August 2011

    Death Notice: Dominion Post, 9 August 2011 AWMM
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference



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  • External links
  • Documents
    • Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1945). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 12 (Embarkations from 1st July, 1943 to 31st December, 1943). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      WW2 12: WW2 53 AWMM
    • The New Zealand Herald AWMM
      Obituary: New Zealand Herald, 9 August 2011 AWMM
    • Dominion Post AWMM
      Death Notice: Dominion Post, 9 August 2011 AWMM
    • Ross, A. (1959). 23 Battalion. Wellington, N.Z.: Department of Internal Affairs, War History Branch. AWMM

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